Simply put, I am the most disgusting smelling fruit in the world! Originating in Malaysia or Borneo I made it to Southeast Asia in the prehistoric age. As one of the longest established inhabitants of the Southeast Asia rain forests, I have been stinking for millions of years. In Hong Kong and Singapore my odor is so bad I am banned from being eaten in public, and banned from carriage on public transport. If I'm in town, you'll know! We become suicidal when ripe, up to 11 pounds of smelly spiked fruit plummeting to earth from our tree that can be anywhere from 65 to 130 feet tall, so step aside when we are overhead. My spiked hard shell attracts tigers when split, and yes we have been known to kill. Once opened I reveal five to six sections of fruit separated by an inedible white membrane. If you can get past my perfume, I offer rich butter-like custard, flavored with almonds. In each section of our pulp you will discover 4 to 6 shiny edible seeds that can be roasted or baked and eaten like nuts. In some cultures I am buried and allowed to ferment before consumption. I am often mixed with rice and sugar as 'lempog', or made into sugar or salted preserves. You can sometimes find me in ice creams or milkshakes. We are starchy fruits that contain a limited amount of fat and provide good sources of potassium and vitamin C. Despite our unspeakable sewage-like smell we are considered an aphrodisiac.


981 Produce Quiz courtesy of:
Richard Leibowitz
Culinary Specialty Produce
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